Civil Justice in Seigneurial Tribunals in Aunis and Saintonge
Stated succinctly, seigneurial justice was slow, expensive, and therefore often inaccessible to rural inhabitants of Aunis and Saintonge.
According to the cahiers, the slowness of justice caused by royal civil and criminal procedure and the proliferation of petty seigneurial jurisdictions was aggravating enough for the denizens of rural Aunis and Saintonge.
Indeed, the near-universal dissatisfaction among rural dwellers with chicanery is the dominant theme concerning justice that one can extract from the cahiers of Aunis and Saintonge.
The marshal's intention, after sweeping Calvinist garrisons from Saintonge and Poitou, was to besiege Marans in the swamps of Aunis
, just to the north of La Rochelle, as the capstone to restoring royal control over the region.
However residents of provinces on the French mid-Atlantic coast (Normandy, Poitou, Aunis, Saintonge, and Angoumois) manifested exceptional dread of priestly hexes that rendered new grooms impotent and new households discordant.
And around La Rochelle, in the provinces of Aunis and Saintonge, it was the bride herself who was expected to precede her future husband toward the altar, kneel first for the benediction, and quickly slip a corner of her richly embroidered matrimonial apron over the altar steps upon which her betrothed could then place his knees.
See, for examples, Marcel Delafosse, ed., Histoire de La Rochelle (Toulouse, 1985); and Edmond-Rene Labande, ed., Histoire du Poitou, du Limousin et des pays charentais: Vendee, Aunis, Saintonge, Angoumois (Toulouse, 1976).
See Louis-Etienne Arcere, Histoire de la ville de La Rochelle et du pays d'Aunis, vol.